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"The Incredibles" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

After a series of lawsuits sends the once beloved superheroes of the world into hiding, former superheroes Bob (Craig T. Nelson) and Helen Parr (Holly Hunter) must try to redefine their lives in the “normal” world.  While aching to get back to the job of saving the planet from evil, Bob is approached by a mysterious government agency that needs his special talents.   Jumping at the chance to don his Mr. Incredible digs once again, Bob dives in, only to find out that the job is not all that it appears to be.  When Bob goes missing Helen must put on her Elastigirl suit once more to go to his rescue taking along their “super” children Dash (Spencer Fox) and Violet (Sarah Vowell).

Specifications

  • Walt Disney Studios
  • 2004, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 55 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Spencer Fox, Sarah Vowell, and Brad Bird
  • Directed by Brad Bird
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  • Violence: Moderate
  • Sex: None
  • Language: None

Commentary

While I have loved all of the Disney/Pixar films, “The Incredibles” is one of my absolute favorites, ranking right up there with “Finding Nemo” and “Cars.”  This film has it all; a great plot, wonderful voice-acting, witty dialogue, perfect pace, an interesting villain, and some wonderful action sequences.  It also feels like one of the most “adult” Pixar films to me, as Bob/Mr. Incredible’s search for a return to the glory days resonates strongly with just about any adult with fond memories of days gone by.  There is also some extremely poignant socio-political commentary in the movie, such as the basic premise of people suing superheroes for saving their lives.  I also hope viewers pick up on some of the lines such as “finding new ways to celebrate mediocrity” and “everyone’s special, which is just a way of saying no one is.”  Leave it to a Pixar film to so clearly illustrate issues confronting American society today.

Technical

“The Incredibles” was a standard demo disc on DVD and it will continue to be so on Blu-ray.  While the animation is not quite as realistic (though still wonderful) as more recent Disney/Pixar release, the picture is absolutely perfect.  I can’t find a single thing to complain about.  The image is incredibly sharp, colors are vibrant but not oversaturated, there is great contrast and depth to the image, etc, etc, etc.  The lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is a big step-up from the older Dolby Digital track on DVD.  Again, perfect is about the only word I can use to describe it.  Dialogue, music, and sound effects are all perfectly balanced and really help engage the viewer in the movie.  There are subtle details present throughout the movie if you listen carefully as well as massively bombastic moments.  The surround field in particular is really well done and really helps to fully immerse the viewer in the experience.

Extras

I’d give this disc a 5 here just for the inclusion of the “Jack-Jack Attack” short film but there is a load of other good stuff as well.  I received the 4-disc combo pack which includes: a Blu-ray disc with the film, a second Blu-ray disc with additional bonus content, a DVD copy of the film, plus a fourth disc with a Digital Copy.  Extras (almost all in HD) on the Blu-ray discs include a filmmaker Roundtable, the “Boundin’” and “Jack-Jack Attack” short films, a commentary on the “Jack-Jack Attack” short, a visual tour of the island lair of Syndrome, deleted scenes, teasers, an art gallery, and a few other featurettes.  There is also a voucher for a free ticket to “Cars 2.”  I wish more discs came with this many goodies.